Friday, November 30, 2012

Sherwood High School Teacher Investigated for Misconduct

News Release from: Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
SHERWOOD HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER INVESTIGATED FOR MISCONDUCT
Posted: November 30th, 2012 7:50 PM

November 30, 2012--Washington County Detectives are investigating a school teacher for allegations of inappropriate conduct.

Washington County Sheriff's Detectives received information from the Department of Human Services (DHS) that there was possible misconduct between a Sherwood High School teacher and a student. Detectives were told that Denise Keesee, 38, from Sherwood was a teacher at the school and allegedly had engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with at least one male student.

The Sherwood School District has placed Ms. Keesee on administrative leave during the investigation.

Investigators are concerned there may be additional victims. Detectives are asking parents to talk to their children about anything that was out of the ordinary, suspicious or inappropriate involving Ms. Keesee and report it to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information available at this time.
Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.

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UPDATE Missing Endangered 14-Year-Old Found

News Release from: Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
UPDATE MISSING ENDANGERED 14-YEAR-OLD FOUND
Posted: November 30th, 2012 7:31 PM

Shai Jackson was located at 7:21pm near Highway 26 and 185th Ave. He is in good health. A fellow Westview student recognized Shai at Red Robbin and was walking with him back towards Westview High School when a deputy located them. The deputy is still investigating why Shai left school.

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Missing Endangered 14-Year-Old

News Release from: Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
MISSING ENDANGERED 14-YEAR-OLD
Posted: November 30th, 2012 7:09 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-11/1128/59813/Missing_14-year-old.pdf
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November 30, 2012 - This afternoon, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to Westview High School on a report of a missing endangered 14-year-old teenager with special needs.

At 12:30pm, 14-year-old Shai Jackson, was reported missing from Westview High School, 4200 NW 185th Avenue in Rock Creek. This is located in the Enhanced Sheriff Patrol District (ESPD). Shai is a special needs student that functions at a 10-year-old level. Deputies with Search and Rescue responded and are actively looking for Shai. Beaverton School District is assisting the in the search of Shai.

Shai was last seen wearing a black Columbia zip up hooded jacket, gray pants, gray and green shoes, black beanie hat, and has a blue and black backpack. Shai is 5'3", 130lbs has brown hair and brown eyes. He may not know his last name. He does not live in the area and it is possible he is headed to Vancouver, Washington.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help to find Shai. He is not equipped to stay out overnight and does not go places on his own. If anyone sees Shai they are asked to call 911.

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UPDATE: Portland Police Seek Public's Help in Identifying who Damaged Statues at The Grotto

News Release from: Portland Police Bureau
UPDATE: PORTLAND POLICE SEEK PUBLIC'S HELP IN IDENTIFYING WHO DAMAGED STATUES AT THE GROTTO
Posted: November 30th, 2012 5:51 PM
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Portland Police officers have recovered and returned one of the statue heads to The Grotto after receiving call from a passerby that a head was perched on a post on the West end of The Grotto property.

The head belonged to the Virgin Mary. In the earlier release, it was reported that two Joseph heads were stolen but as it turns out one of the statues was actually the Virgin Mary.

Still missing are the heads of Joseph and Baby Jesus.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Portland Police Bureau.

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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in identifying who stole the heads and damaged three statues at The Grotto in Northeast Portland.

In the evenings of November 28 and 29, 2012, someone has gone onto The Grotto grounds and damaged three statues and removed the heads. The Grotto is located at 8719 Northeast Beech Street.

One statue is of Joseph holding the Baby Jesus. Both Joseph's and the Baby Jesus' heads have been removed. The third statue is located in the burial grounds and is also of Joseph. The statue has been knocked from it's base and the head removed. Additionally, two small angels have sustained damage.

The statues are more than 100 years old and are made from Cararra Italian marble.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com , text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Josephine County Sand Bag Availability

News Release from: Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office
JOSEPHINE COUNTY SAND BAG AVAILABILITY
Posted: November 30th, 2012 5:33 PM

Release Date: November 30th, 2012

Sand Bag Availability

Grants Pass, OR - To better prepare the citizens of Josephine County for potential flooding, the following list of suppliers have been identified for sand bags and sand:

Copeland Sand & Gravel - Pre-filled sandbags and bulk sand available

Diamond Home Center - Pre-filled tube sand bags and bulk bagged sand available

Fields Home Center - Pre-filled tube sand bags and bulk bagged sand available

Grange Co-op - Empty sand bags available

Josephine County has a supply of sand bags, but they can only be utilized in the event an Emergency is declared.

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Josephine County Sand Bag Abailability

News Release from: Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office
JOSEPHINE COUNTY SAND BAG ABAILABILITY
Posted: November 30th, 2012 5:14 PM

Release Date: November 30th, 2012

Sand Bag Availability

Grants Pass, OR â€- To better prepare the residence of Josephine County for potential flooding, the following list of suppliers have been identified for sand bags and sand:

Copeland Sand & Gravel - Pre-filled sandbags and bulk sand available
Diamond Home Center - Pre-filled tube sand bags and bulk bagged sand available
Fields Home Center - Pre-filled tube sand bags and bulk bagged sand available
Grange Co-op - empty sand bags available

Josephine County has a supply of sand bags, but they can only be utilized in the event an Emergency is declared.

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Age Correction: Dept of Corrections Inmate Facing Charges After State Police Investigation Determines Staff Assault Claims False (Photo)

News Release from: Oregon State Police
AGE CORRECTION: DEPT OF CORRECTIONS INMATE FACING CHARGES AFTER STATE POLICE INVESTIGATION DETERMINES STAFF ASSAULT CLAIMS FALSE (PHOTO)
Posted: November 30th, 2012 4:51 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-11/1002/59808/Little.jpg (Untitled Image)

An inmate from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) is facing charges following an indictment by a Washington County grand jury after an Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation determined she initiated false claims toward a CCCF corrections lieutenant and solicited inmates to lie for her to support her allegations.

JESSICA LEE LITTLE, age 34, is currently in custody attacks Washington County Jail after an arrest warrant was issued following her indictment by a grand jury on 2 counts of Initiating a False Report and 2 counts of Bribing a Witness. LITTLE is serving a sentence at CCCF for Identity Theft and Perjury.

In June 2012, Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) contacted OSP Criminal Investigation Division requesting an investigation into the alleged physical assault toward a female inmate - JESSICA LITTLE - by a male DOC lieutenant. A thorough OSP investigation found evidence and information indicating the complainant made up the allegations and tried to get other inmates to lie in support of her claims.

According to the Washington County District Attorney's Office, an arraignment is scheduled for December 10, 2012.

Photograph - Department of Corrections

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Portland Police Investigating a Stabbing in Southwest Portland's Multnomah Neighborhood

News Release from: Portland Police Bureau
PORTLAND POLICE INVESTIGATING A STABBING IN SOUTHWEST PORTLAND'S MULTNOMAH NEIGHBORHOOD
Posted: November 30th, 2012 4:28 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-11/3056/59811/Badge.jpg

This afternoon, Friday November 30, 2012, at 3:46 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to Southwest 40th Avenue and Multnomah Boulevard on the report of two men bleeding in a parking lot in the 3800 block of Southwest Multnomah Boulevard.

Officers arrived and located one male adult suffering from a stab wound. The victim has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment. His condition is not known at this time.
A second victim has not been located by police.

Officers are checking an apartment in the 1900 block of Southwest Hume Court as a possible crime scene but cannot confirm that it's related at this point.

A possible suspect is described as a short white male in his 20s, blue shirt, possible blue jeans, carrying a handgun. Last seen walking northbound on Southwest 19th Avenue.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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Dept of Corrections Inmate Facing Charges After State Police Investigation Determines Staff Assault Claims False (Photo)

News Release from: Oregon State Police
DEPT OF CORRECTIONS INMATE FACING CHARGES AFTER STATE POLICE INVESTIGATION DETERMINES STAFF ASSAULT CLAIMS FALSE (PHOTO)
Posted: November 30th, 2012 3:37 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-11/1002/59808/Little.jpg

An inmate from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) is facing charges following an indictment by a Washington County grand jury after an Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation determined she initiated false claims toward a CCCF corrections lieutenant and solicited inmates to lie for her to support her allegations.

JESSICA LEE LITTLE, age 27, is currently in custody at Washington County Jail after an arrest warrant was issued following her indictment by a grand jury on 2 counts of Initiating a False Report and 2 counts of Bribing a Witness. LITTLE is serving a sentence at CCCF for Identity Theft and Perjury.

In June 2012, Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) contacted OSP Criminal Investigation Division requesting an investigation into the alleged physical assault toward a female inmate - JESSICA LITTLE - by a male DOC lieutenant. A thorough OSP investigation found evidence and information indicating the complainant made up the allegations and tried to get other inmates to lie in support of her claims.

According to the Washington County District Attorney's Office, an arraignment is scheduled for December 10, 2012.

Photograph - Department of Corrections

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State fire marshal staff travel to New York to assist with Hurricane Sandy recovery

News Release from: Oregon State Fire Marshal
STATE FIRE MARSHAL STAFF TRAVEL TO NEW YORK TO ASSIST WITH HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY
Posted: November 30th, 2012 3:31 PM

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is deploying three staff members with expertise in emergency management finance to assist the state of New York with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has organized the deployment of OSFM resources under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The EMAC is a national interstate mutual aid agreement that allows states to share resources across state lines during disasters and emergencies.

The OSFM finance experts will join the New York Emergency Operations Center in Albany and work in the finance section of the incident command.

The finance section is one of five key components of the National Incident Management System. In addition to monitoring multiple sources of funds, the finance section forecasts expenditures, arranges vendor contracts, handles injury compensation and claims, and performs cost analysis for the incident.

The OSFM personnel will depart Oregon December 1, 2012 and return December 17, 2012.

Personnel from 28 states, including Oregon, have responded to assist states affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Oregon has answered the call for assistance through the EMAC system three previous times - for Hurricanes Irene and Katrina, and a wildfire in Idaho.

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Like homeowners, City of Vancouver saves money by refinancing

News Release from: City of Vancouver
LIKE HOMEOWNERS, CITY OF VANCOUVER SAVES MONEY BY REFINANCING
Posted: November 30th, 2012 3:25 PM

The City of Vancouver refinanced a bond that was issued for two parking garages and street improvements to save a total of $1,915,762 in debt service payments.

"Like homeowners taking advantage of low interest rates, the city is doing the same in refinancing these bonds," said Vancouver Treasurer Carrie Lewellen.

The bonds are Limited Tax General Obligation Refunding bonds, a term given to bonds issued by municipalities. The city council can issue general obligation bonds up to 1.5 percent of the assessed value of the city. The new bond was issued at an overall yield of 2.36 percent, compared with 4.08 percent interest on the bond that was replaced. The bond is set to be paid off on Dec. 1, 2025, which is the same date as the prior bond.

Refinancing the debt service associated with the two parking garages will save the Parking Fund over $100,000 per year. The General Fund will also realize $56,000 savings per year for debt service payments related to City street improvement projects.

During the past 10.5 years, the city has refinanced $61 million in general obligation bonds (paid from the general fund), which reduced debt payments by more than $5.8 million. In total, Vancouver pays about $10 million a year from the general fund for all of its debt, including interest. Refinancing over the years has put the city's borrowing cost for its long-term general obligation bonds at about 4 percent.

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Update: Reward Offered - OSP Asks Public's Help in Investigation After Rock Tossed From I-5 Overpass Near Rice Hill Injures Driver (Photos)

News Release from: Oregon State Police
UPDATE: REWARD OFFERED - OSP ASKS PUBLIC'S HELP IN INVESTIGATION AFTER ROCK TOSSED FROM I-5 OVERPASS NEAR RICE HILL INJURES DRIVER (PHOTOS)
Posted: November 30th, 2012 2:47 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-11/1002/59705/112612.i5mp146.rock.jpg
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(Note: 3 new photographs of the area where incident occurred provided with this update release)

The families of two California residents and University of Oregon students are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to Oregon State Police (OSP) that leads to an arrest and conviction in the investigation of Monday night's incident in which a rock was thrown from an Interstate 5 overpass south of Rice Hill, struck a passing vehicle's windshield and hit the female driver's face. After she was hit by the rock, the vehicle crashed injuring both her and the male passenger. Both have been released from a hospital following treatment for their injuries.

On November 26, 2012 at 10:40 p.m., a 1997 Subaru Legacy station wagon driven by MOLLY GRABILL, age 20, from Poway, California, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 146. As the vehicle approached the Isadore Road overpass, which has erected cyclone fencing to prevent objects from falling onto the freeway, a rock described as larger than a baseball came down from the overpass, smashing through the driver's side windshield and hit GRABILL in the face.

The car's passenger, CHRIS BREWER, age 19, from Vista, California, grabbed the steering wheel to control the vehicle. He was unable to keep it under control as the vehicle traveled onto the shoulder and rolled on the freeway coming to rest facing the opposite direction.

GRABILL was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield for treatment of facial injuries. BREWER was also transported and he was treated and released for injuries sustained in the traffic crash. GRABILL was also released from the hospital Wednesday. Both are University of Oregon students and members of the school's track & field team.

Anyone with information about persons or vehicles near the mentioned location around the time of this incident is asked to call OSP Detective Tom Willis at (541) 440-3334 or the OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 440-3333.

Tips can also be reported to Oregon State Police via email to crimetips2OSP@state.or.us. Information should have as much detail as possible and contact information. Tips should include specific details including the type of case and information related to the criminal investigation. Even though tips may be received anonymously, those providing tips are encouraged to give contact information for follow-up by the investigator(s), if needed.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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OMSI Update: Dec.-Jan. Exhibits, Events and Shows

News Release from: OMSI
OMSI UPDATE: DEC.-JAN. EXHIBITS, EVENTS AND SHOWS
Posted: November 30th, 2012 2:32 PM
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OMSI EXHIBITS, EVENTS & SHOWS UPDATE
December & January 2012-2013
FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

RACE: Are We So Different?
September 26, 2012 - January 1, 2013
People are different. Throughout history, these differences have been a source of community strength and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and oppression. Contemporary scientific understanding of human variation now challenges the idea of racial differences, and even questions the very concept of race. RACE: Are We So Different? is the first national exhibition to tell the story of race from biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Introducing the idea of race as a primarily social construct, as opposed to a physical reality, the exhibit invites visitors to challenge how they perceive their differences and similarities.

RACE: Are We So Different is a project of the American Anthropological Association and is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation.
This exhibition is sponsored locally by The Standard and Catlin Gabel. Media sponsors include El Hispanic News, PQ Monthly, and The Skanner.

The price of the exhibit is included in paid museum admission. Members are free. For more information, visit www.omsi.edu.

Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body
September 29, 2012-January 6, 2013
Adapted from the best-selling children's book, Grossology, by author and science teacher Sylvia Branzei, this internationally touring exhibition uses sophisticated animatronics and imaginative exhibits to explain the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more. Visitors are invited to satisfy their natural curiosity about the human body by exploring all the slimy, mushy, oozy, scaly and stinky gross (yet scientific) things that occur within them every day. Grossology presents guests the option to be a kidney, climb a human skin wall, or even walk through a giant nose. They can round out their visit with stops at the Vomit Center and Toot Toot feature, play Gas Attack Pinball, and slide through a 3-D model of the digestive system.

This exhibition was created and produced by Advanced Animations, LLC., in collaboration with Science World British Columbia.

The price of the exhibit is included in paid museum admission. Members are free. For more information, visit www.omsi.edu.

EXHIBITIONS

NEW INFO
Renewable Energy/Energía Renovable
Open January 17, 2013
Renewable Energy/Energía Renovable is a bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibit that gives visitors the opportunity to explore how energy from sources like wind, water and sun can support their daily energy needs. The new permanent museum offering completes the recent Earth Hall transformation and includes hands-on features centered on the unique energy mix of the Pacific Northwest. Exhibit components focus on both emerging technologies for renewable sources of energy as well as the tradeoffs involved in using any energy source.

Major support for Renewable Energy/Energía Renovable was provided by title sponsors Portland General Electric, Meyer Memorial Trust, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and The Collins Foundation, and by presenting sponsors Vestas and Iberdrola Renewables. Additional support was provided by sponsors SolarWorld and Bonneville Power Administration, and by Mentor Graphics, Christenson Electric, Oregon Wave Energy Trust, and Union Bank.

The price of the exhibit is included in paid museum admission. Members are free. For more information, visit www.omsi.edu.

Clever Together: Our Everyday Choices (Juntos somos ingeniosos: Una decisión a la vez)
Now Open
Small, sustainable actions make a big impact when adopted by the hundreds, thousands, or even the hundreds of thousands! That's the message OMSI hopes to impart on visitors to its new, permanent bilingual exhibit, Clever Together: Our Everyday Choices or Juntos somos ingeniosos: Una decisión a la vez. Stationed in the museum's revamped Earth Hall, Clever Together encourages guests to weigh the environmental, economic and social impacts of their choices. It features engaging interactive displays centered on topics such as food, transportation, product consumption, and energy use. Visitors are invited to use "human power" to take a virtual walk or bike-ride through familiar places in the Portland metro region, employ smart sorting tactics to divert waste from landfills, and find ways to save energy in a funky room furnished with everyday home appliances and personal electronics.

This exhibit was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-0917595.

The price of the exhibit is included in paid museum admission. Members are free. For more information, visit www.omsi.edu.

Local Voices, Clever Choices (Nuestras voces, nuestras decisiones)
OMSI is inviting the public to learn how simple choices can protect the environment, improve a family's finances, and even bring a community closer together. Finding out how is as easy as calling a new phone line: 503-797-4686, or visiting OMSI's sustainability-themed website (www.omsi.edu/choices or www.omsi.edu/decisiones) to hear and see local stories in both English and Spanish from everyday people about their own sustainable choices. The bilingual campaign also incorporates posters, signs, swag, and sustainable art pieces around the Portland metro area featuring stories relevant to specific locations.

The website displays slideshows and presents sustainability challenges for visitors to undertake, ultimately earning badges and winning prizes. Users can also upload photos and contribute their own stories to the voices of the community.

Local Voices, Clever Choices is a companion to OMSI's new permanent exhibit Clever Together, and is made possible by the support of the National Science Foundation.

Simply Beautiful: Photographs from National Geographic
In OMSI's National Geographic Photo Gallery
July 18, 2012-February 10, 2013
Take a journey through variations on the universal theme of beauty. More than 50 images feature the work of some of the most famous National Geographic photographers. Experience the visual delight of stunning landscapes, magnificent wildlife, fascinating people and quaint locales. Simply Beautiful illustrates how we can find beauty, often overlooked, in nearly everything.

The price of the exhibit is included in paid museum admission. Members are free. For more information, visit www.omsi.edu. For more information on National Geographic's photography exhibitions, visit http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/exhibits.

EVENTS

OMSI After Dark
It's childfree, brain-building science fun featuring live demos, new featured exhibitions, and old favorites! Guests can indulge in tasty snacks, sweets, beer, and wine from regional food and beverage artisans. 21+ only, IDs required. OMSI After Dark is held the last Wednesday of every month.

OMSI After Dark is taking a break for the holiday season! See you in January 2013!

NEW INFO
Wednesday, January 30, 6-10 p.m.
Science Is Cooking
Science, meet food. We're heading into the kitchen to bring you the science behind some of your favorite foods. Make your own ice cream with a Ziploc and ice, use marshmallows to measure the speed of light, and squeeze an egg into a bottle. Explore the science of food and meet organizations in our community who are pushing the culinary boundaries.

Science Pub - Portland: (Bagdad Theater)
Science Pub-Bagdad Theater is a monthly event open to all ages. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge! For more information, visit: www.omsi.edu/sciencepubportland.
Bagdad Theater & Pub, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland
$5.00 suggested cover charge, unless otherwise noted.

NEW INFO
Getting to the Heart of Nutrition: Health for a Lifetime, with Kent Thornburg, PhD, professor and associate chief for research in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and director of the Heart Research Center at OHSU
Monday, December 3, 7-9 p.m.
We have all heard that nutrition is important and that healthy eating can lead to a longer life. That's certainly true for food choices you make as an adult, but what about those you made as a kid? Or what about the food your mom ate when she was pregnant with you? Is it possible that those meals can have an effect on your health and lifespan?

This Science Pub will illuminate OHSU research showing increases in chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes may be a consequence of mothers growing up on the American diet. Guests will learn why nutrition at all stages of life is important and how they can implement good practices.

NEW INFO
Nature vs. Nurture: A Story of Adoption, Reunion, Neuroscience and Shock Therapy with Larry Sherman, PhD, professor of biology and senior scientist in the Division of Neuroscience at the Oregon National Primate Research Center.
Monday, January 7, 7-9 p.m.
How do we become the people we are? Is it in the way we were raised, or in our genes? Or both? In this unique presentation, Dr. Larry Sherman weaves stories about his recently discovered biological family - including five siblings who all grew up in very different circumstances - with discussions about how our genes and environment influence our brains and, ultimately, who we are.

Science Pub - Portland: (Mission Theater)
Science Pub-Mission Theater is a monthly event open to anyone aged 21 and over (or minor with adult). No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge! For more information, visit: www.omsi.edu/sciencepubportland.
Mission Theater & Pub, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
$5.00 suggested cover charge.

Water, Electronics, and Energy with Douglas Keszler, PhD, professor of chemistry at Oregon State University and director of the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry
Tuesday, December 11, 7-9 p.m.
We all know that water is essential to life. With energy from the sun, water is converted to the food that we eat and the oxygen that we breathe by the chemical factories that we call plants. But, did you know that water chemistries are being developed to provide industrial factories with new ways to make electronic gadgets like smartphones and solar cells? Such developments are enabling a transformational approach to environmentally responsible manufacturing. Come explore how the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry "turn rocks into computers" and contributes to a clean and sustainable future through chemistry.

NEW INFO
Exploring the Deep Ocean: Strange Animals, Submarine Volcanoes, and Life in Extreme Environments with Stephen Hammond, PhD, chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Ocean Exploration and Research Program
Tuesday, January 15, 7-9 p.m.
Critical to life on Earth, yet virtually unexplored, the planet's largest ecosystem - the ocean - holds many mysteries. Though currently subject to rapid change with unknown global-scale consequences, the ocean has been the source of a number of new discoveries of animal life, environments and even extremophiles. At this Science Pub, find out just how much of the planet's surface is still left to explore, and what kinds of curious creatures live there.

Science Pub - Hillsboro
Science Pub Hillsboro is a monthly event open to anyone and everyone. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge! For more information, visit: www.omsi.edu/sciencepubhillsboro.
Venetian Theatre & Bistro, 253 E. Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
$5.00 suggested cover charge.

There is no Science Pub Hillsboro in December. See you in 2013!

NEW INFO
Eye on the Wild: Conservation Photographer Suzi Eszterhas with Suzi Eszterhas, fellow of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers
Monday, January 28, 7-9 p.m.
Award-winning wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas is one of the only women in her competitive, adventure-filled industry. Eszterhas specializes in documenting the family life of endangered species, and travels around the world photographing wild newborns including lions, cheetahs, tigers, gorillas, orangutans, penguins, bears, and sea otters. At this Science Pub, Eszterhas will share memorable anecdotes, technical expertise, and ridiculously cute images from her work photographing animal families in their wild habitats. Hear how she composes photos while riding an elephant in India, how she keeps herself safe while working with grizzly bears, how the animals respond to her and her camera, and how her photography can help raise awareness of the problems facing wildlife today.

Science Pub - McMinnville
Science Pub McMinnville is a monthly event open to all ages. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge!
For more information, visit: www.omsi.edu/sciencepubmcminnville.
Hotel Oregon, 310 N.E. Evans Street, McMinnville, OR
$5.00 suggested cover charge.

There is no Science Pub McMinnville in December. See you in 2013!

NEW INFO
I Can See Clearly Now: Particles and Air Quality with Dean B. Atkinson, PhD, associate professor and assistant chair of chemistry at Portland State University
Thursday, January 17, 7-9 p.m.
The air around us is made of up many things, including water, gasses, and aerosols. These aerosols, or tiny particles suspended in air, can come from natural sources or man-made pollutants. Often visible to the naked eye, they can have a huge effect on climate warming and cooling, and can dramatically affect the amount of solar energy that reaches the Earth's surface. At this Science Pub we'll talk about the optical properties of aerosols in our atmosphere, compare measurements taken in Houston and Sacramento, and discuss the effects of aerosols on our climate in general.

Science Pub - Corvallis
Science Pub Corvallis is held the second Monday of every month and is a partnership between Oregon State University (OSU) http://oregonstate.edu/, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) www.omsi.edu, and the Downtown Corvallis Association (DCA) www.downtowncorvallis.org.
For more information, visit: www.omsi.edu/sciencepubcorvallis.
Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR
Plan to arrive early to choose your seating and place your food/beverage order.

There is no Science Pub Corvallis in December. See you in 2013!

NEW INFO
Water, Electronics, and Energy with Douglas Keszler, PhD, professor of chemistry at Oregon State University and director of the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry
Tuesday, December 11, 7-9 p.m.
We all know that water is essential to life. With energy from the sun, water is converted to the food that we eat and the oxygen that we breathe by the chemical factories that we call plants. But, did you know that water chemistries are being developed to provide industrial factories with new ways to make electronic gadgets like smartphones and solar cells? Such developments are enabling a transformational approach to environmentally responsible manufacturing. Come explore how the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry "turn rocks into computers" and contributes to a clean and sustainable future through chemistry.

Science Pub - Eugene
Science Pub Eugene is held on the second Thursday of the month at Cozmic Pizza and is open to anyone and everyone; no RSVP is necessary. Co-presenters of Science Pub Eugene are OMSI www.omsi.edu, The Science Factory www.sciencefactory.org and the University of Oregon's College of Arts & Sciences http://cas.uoregon.edu.
For more information, visit: www.omsi.edu/sciencepubeugene.
Cozmic Pizza, 199 W 8th Ave., Eugene, OR (Inside The Strand at 8th and Charnelton)
$5.00 suggested cover charge.

Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods with Dr. Scott Burns, professor of geology and past chair, department of geology, Portland State University
Thursday, December 13, 7-9 p.m.
Occurring as many as 40 times during the last ice age, the Missoula Floods were one of the greatest sets of geological events to ever have occurred in North America. Triggered by waters released from ancient Lake Missoula, these powerful onslaughts scoured the Columbia River basin, carved out the Columbia River Gorge, and swept across at least 16,000 square miles of the Pacific Northwest. At this Science Pub, hear the incredible story of discovery, learn about J Harlen Bretz's development of the idea of the floods, and participate in a discussion about their effect on the Willamette Valley landscape and surrounding areas.

NEW INFO
Growing Sustainably: New Technology for Precision Agriculture, with Calden Carroll, PhD, president of SupraSensor Technologies, and Bruce Branchaud, PhD, professor emeritus of organic chemistry and chemical biology at the University of Oregon
Thursday, January 10, 7-9 p.m.
More info coming soon. Visit www.omsi.edu for updates.

NEW INFO
The Science Behind Vaccines: How Safe Are They? with Dr. Patrick Luedtke, MD, MPH, senior public health officer for Lane County
Thursday, January 24, 7-9 p.m.
More info coming soon. Visit www.omsi.edu for updates.

Science Pub-Salem
Science Pub Salem is held on the second Wednesday of every month. This event is made possible by a partnership between Willamette University, www.willamette.edu , and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) www.omsi.edu. The event is open to those aged 21 and over only.
For more information, visit: www.omsi.edu/sciencepubsalem.
Brown's Towne Lounge, 189 Liberty St. NE, Salem, OR
$5.00 suggested cover charge.

Lust, Chocolate and Prairie Voles: The Neuroscience of Pleasure and Love with Dr. Larry Sherman, professor of biology and for the Neuroscience Graduate Program at OHSU
Wednesday, December 12, 7-9 p.m.
Is the brain chemistry behind our love for chocolate equivalent to that which drives infatuation with a new lover, the love of a particular song, or addiction? How does the brain sort out pleasure and discomfort? What drives our decisions to stay with one person for life or go from one lover to another, never settling down? This Science Pub will focus on these and other questions that reveal much about how neurochemical changes can have major effects on our behaviors--how we love, what we love, and who we love.

NEW INFO
Wednesday, January 9, 7-9 p.m.
More info coming soon. Visit www.omsi.edu for updates.

$2 DAYS AT OMSI
Explore the museum for only $2 per person the first Sunday of every month. Support for December and January comes from local sponsors KGW and Bank of America.

-December 2
-January 6

OMNIMAX FILMS
For more information, visit: www.omsi.edu/omnimax

NEW INFO
The Polar Express: The IMAX Experience
Now Showing through January 1
Watch snowflakes float down the giant screen and feel the train rumble via 12,000 watts of digital sound with the return of The Polar Express to the OMNIMAX Dome Theater this holiday season. Based on the classic Caldecott award-wining children's book written by Chris Van Allsburg, the film tells the story of a young boy's extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and his discovery that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Admission is only $6 for adults and $5 for youth (3-13) and seniors. OMSI members save $1 off regular prices. Shows are regularly sold out for this family classic, so we encourage you to purchase tickets in advance.

Hubble
Now Showing
Experience the gripping story of the most important astronomical instrument since Galileo's original telescope and the greatest success in space since the Moon landing - the Hubble Space Telescope. Movie-goers accompany space-walking astronauts on their final mission to the telescope as they attempt some of the most difficult and important tasks in NASA's history. Journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings in Hubble.

Dolphins
Now Showing
From the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, journey alongside some of the most graceful and extraordinary creatures on earth in Dolphins. Follow marine scientists as they employ innovative scientific methods and technology to learn more about dolphin communication, travel and social behavior. Narrated by Pierce Brosnan with music from Sting, Dolphins will capture your imagination and inspire new perspectives on the ocean, its inhabitants and the importance of scientific research to their preservation.

To the Arctic
Now Showing
Narrated by Oscar(R) winner Meryl Streep and featuring songs by Paul McCartney, To the Arctic from MacGillivray Freeman captures a place of extremes where few dare to go. The film invites audiences to venture across floating ice to witness one mother polar bear's determination to keep her cubs alive in the face of natural predators and a rapidly changing climate. The stunning beauty of the Arctic elicits viewers' sense of connectedness, relevance, and impact on this special place--and of the Arctic's influence on the rest of our planet.

Born to Be Wild
Now Showing
Born to be Wild is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them--saving endangered species one life at a time. Stunningly captured in IMAX, Born to be Wild is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild. Narrated by Academy-Award(R) winner Morgan Freeman, Born to be Wild is directed by David Lickley and written and produced by Drew Fellman.

Deep Sea
Now showing
Dive beneath the ocean's surface to witness some of the most unique, dangerous and colorful creatures on the planet. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, Deep Sea is an immersive, underwater adventure featuring never-before-seen, up-close encounters with a wide range of exotic undersea life. Audiences will be introduced to a colorful cast of characters and observe at arm's length these creatures living out their lives in a variety of unique and often humorous relationships... some predatory, some symbiotic, yet all ultimately dependent upon one another for survival.

Tornado Alley
Now Showing
Join Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX 2, the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes, on this heart-pounding science adventure. Armed with a 70mm camera, a fleet of customized vehicles designed to withstand gale force winds, torrential rains and unrelenting hail, and an arsenal of the most advanced weather measurement instruments ever created, the stars of Tornado Alley take audiences on a thrilling quest to experience a tornado's destructive power at point blank range. Experience the adrenaline and the science of nature's most dramatic phenomena!

PLANETARIUM SHOWS
For more information, visit: www.omsi.edu/planetarium

Now Showing
Perfect Little Planet
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes - a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

Life: A Cosmic Story
Now Showing
Narrated by two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, Life begins in a grove of towering redwoods, majestic emblems of Northern California. From there, the audience "shrinks" dramatically as it enters a single redwood leaf and then a redwood cell, learning that despite their unique appearance, redwoods are composed of the same basic molecules as all other organisms on Earth. After this opening statement of shared ancestry, the audience launches on a journey through time, witnessing key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life.

Starry Nights LIVE!
Now Showing
Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars everyone can see in the night sky--planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars, and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. Topics will change monthly and graphics will be programmed accordingly. All shows are hosted and narrated live by OMSI planetarium staff.

MATINEE LASER SHOWS
3:00 p.m. daily; 1:00 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

December
Holiday Magic- Songs include Joy to the World by Mannheim Steamroller, Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams, Little St Nick by The Beach Boys, Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms, The March (Nutcracker) by Tchaikovsky and Snow Miser by Nick at Nite.

NEW INFO
January
Laser Symphony of Light- Songs include Sprach Zarathustra, Waltz from Sleeping Beauty, Flight of the Bumblebee, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Theme from Jurassic Park, Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet, The Conversation, Sabre Dance and William Tell Overture Finale.

EVENING LASER SHOWS (Fridays and Saturdays only)

DECEMBER:
8:15 p.m.
Bob Marley- Songs include Waiting in Vain, Get Up Stand Up, Jamming, I Shot the Sheriff
Is This Love, Buffalo Soldier, No Woman No Cry, and more.

9:30 p.m.
Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon- Songs include Any Colour You Like, The Great Gig in the Sky, On the Run, Time and other favorites.

NEW INFO
JANUARY:
8:15 p.m.
Laser Hendrix - Songs include Break On Through, Little Wing, Can You See Me?, Manic Depression, Waiting for the Sun, and more.

9:30 p.m.
Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall - Songs include Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 1), The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 2), Is There Anybody Out There?, Comfortably Numb, and other favorites.

OMSI HOURS
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tues.-Sun.
Open Mondays when Portland Public Schools are closed - specific dates listed on website: www.omsi.edu/hoursandprices

OMSI CONTACT INFO
Phone: 503.797.4000 or 800.955.6674
Website: www.omsi.edu

PRICING
Museum Admission: $12.00 Adults, $9.00 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, FREE for members
OMNIMAX Dome Theater, Matinee: $8.50 Adults, $6.50 Youth 3-13 and Senior 63+ ($1 off for members)
OMNIMAX Dome Theater, 6:00 p.m.-close: $6.00 Adults, $5.00 Youth 3-13 and Senior 63+ ($1 off for members)
Submarine: $5.75 (Tours are for ages 3 and above)
Planetarium: $5.75 Non-Members/$4.75 Members
Matinee Laser Light Shows: $5.75 Non-Members/$4.75 Members
Evening Laser Light Shows: $7.50 Non-Members/6.50 Members

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Marc San Soucie, Beaverton City Councilor, Speaks at National League of Cities Conference

News Release from: City of Beaverton
MARC SAN SOUCIE, BEAVERTON CITY COUNCILOR, SPEAKS AT NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES CONFERENCE
Posted: November 30th, 2012 2:31 PM
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Marc San Soucie, Beaverton City Councilor, has been invited to speak at the 2012 National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities and Exposition. The annual conference brings thousands of city officials together from across the country to share resources, learn new innovations and explore the challenges and opportunities facing cities today. This year's conference is being held Nov. 28 - Dec. 1 in Boston, Mass.

Mr. San Soucie will be presenting at the conference workshop titled "Supporting Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs," sharing his perspective with conference participants on programs to aid entrepreneurs in their efforts to start new businesses. Fellow presenters will be economic development professionals and entrepreneurs from Boston and Asheville, N.C.

The workshop will focus on ways cities can foster entrepreneurship. The panel discussion will explore how to enable communication and a positive policy environment, how to strategically support accelerators and incubators, and how to engage partners who can provide expertise, resources, and growth opportunities to start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Additional conference programming will highlight three overarching strategies for cities: building sustainable communities, promoting strong local economies and strengthening neighborhoods and families. Each of the strategies will be explored through keynote addresses, workshops, peer networking sessions, mobile workshops, leadership training seminars, the City Showcase and the Exhibit Hall.

In addition to serving on the Beaverton City Council, San Soucie is a former software start-up company executive, has worked for more than a decade with local entrepreneurs, and is a board member of the city of Beaverton's technology company incubator, the Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC.org).

For additional conference information and a detailed schedule visit: www.NLCCongressofCities.org.

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton enjoys one of the most diverse populations among Oregon cities. Most recently, the city was awarded the 2012 Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton has been named one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest for three consecutive years, as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency'
s Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. For more information, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofbeaverton.

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Christmas Basket and Giving Trees!

News Release from: Sandy Fire District
CHRISTMAS BASKET AND GIVING TREES!
Posted: November 30th, 2012 2:28 PM

Applications are now being accepted!

This year marks the 57th that our community schools, youth organizations, Kiwanis, Sandy Fire, Sandy Police, businesses and citizens have pulled together to manage a Christmas Basket and Toy Drive. These programs help create "Christmas" in homes that would otherwise never know this simple joy.

The baskets contain at least a Christmas dinner and gifts for each child 17 years and younger living in the home. Dinner includes canned and dried goods, bread, meats, and dairy products, enough food for several meals in most cases.



How to Help
This program has been tremendously successful in the past because of our community's compassionate and generous giving. All of the food, gifts, and money to buy the perishable goods are donated from the citizens and businesses in our local area.

Canned Food
The vast majority of canned goods are received from our local youth, who support this program by hosting canned food drives in their schools and at many local businesses. The Leadership Club at Sandy High School helps by spearheading this effort. The canned food drive has been a huge success every year. Assembling the boxes is done with help from the Leadership, Key Club, Future Farmers of America (FFA), and other community volunteers.

Gifts and Cash Donations
Businesses, local organizations, and the general public round out this wonderful program with: Cash donations, which can be made directly to:

Sandy Kiwanis: PO Box 1261, Sandy OR 97055

TOYS ARE NEEDED!

A GREAT way to Donate Toys -and a FREE DINNER!!!
Please join us on Monday, December 10th, from 5 - 8 (last meal will be served at 8pm) at Marli's Restaurant (Mountain View Golf Club, 27195 Se. Kelso Rd., Boring, Oregon 97009). Bring in an unwrapped toy worth at least $10 and you will receive a piping hot wonderfully tasty FULL dinner served by your very own Sandy Firefighters! If you haven't made it to one of these great meals yet, you are missing out on a fantastic tradition.

This generous donation of meals provided by our local restaurant, helps ensure Christmas for many, many families. Please mark your calendars today and let your local firefighters serve you a nice hot meal with a nice heaping portion of smiles and fun!

Unwrapped gifts can also be donated by bringing them to Collection Barrels located across the community of Sandy: Sandy Fire District Main Station, Mt. Hood Athletic Club, Prudential NW, Sandy Branch of Clackamas County Bank, and Sandy Les Schwab.

This program could not continue without your support!
Families in need (or people who know of families) are encouraged to call 503-668-8093 to sign up for this program by visiting, Sandy Fire District Main Station: 17460 Bruns Ave, Sandy OR 97055, during regular (weekday) business hours.

If you know of a family in need, please give them this information and encourage them to participate in this program.

If you are able to 'adopt a family' or would simply like to help out, please let call 503-668-8093.

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CORRECTION: Crime Stoppers Featured Case #12-48 School Computer Thief

News Release from: Portland Police Bureau
CORRECTION: CRIME STOPPERS FEATURED CASE #12-48 SCHOOL COMPUTER THIEF
Posted: November 30th, 2012 2:26 PM
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St Claire's School did not have anything stolen, but the suspect was seen inside the school and was captured on video.

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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in identifying a man who has been stealing computers from Portland area schools.

Over the last month, a man has gone into schools in the Portland Metro area and has posed as a parent or prospective parent. He then enters classrooms and steals laptops, tablets and other electronic devices.

Investigators suspect that the man has stolen from Winterhaven School, Llewellyn School, Sunnyside School, and St. Claire's in Portland, and St. John's School in Milwaukie.

The suspect is a white male in his mid-20s to early 30s, approximately 5'10", and 160 pounds.

Surveillance photos from St. Claire's School, located at 1807 Southwest Freeman Street, are being released to the public to assist in identifying the suspect.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com , text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Fire Prevention Officer Alice Busch resigns from Sandy Fire

News Release from: Sandy Fire District
FIRE PREVENTION OFFICER ALICE BUSCH RESIGNS FROM SANDY FIRE
Posted: November 30th, 2012 2:18 PM
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After nearly 14 years with Sandy Fire District, and just under 22 years in the fire service, Busch has accepted a position with Multnomah County Human Services as their Emergency Management Coordinator.

"I think it's fitting that my last day in the fire service, is also the day that some people believe is the end of the world, December 21st, 2012. I never thought I would leave the fire service." Said Busch, who stated that the recent change to part time status at the department was what caused her to seek full time employment elsewhere. "I love Sandy and feel like I am leaving my family. At some point co-workers and community partners merged into friends, so at least I know our paths will continue to cross."

Busch started with Sandy Fire District in February 1999 as a Fire Inspector, Investigator, Education and Information Officer. Throughout her service with the district Busch took on additional roles to include: grant writing, emergency management/disaster preparedness, community and social services, critical incident stress management, the public CPR program, and juvenile firesetter intervention. Her worked spanned across the county and region and included 5 years of volunteer work with Portland Fire and 13 years as a shared employee with Boring Fire District.

Busch says she knows she often stretched the bounds of what was traditional for the fire service to take on through prevention, but says she followed what the community seemed to need at the time. "My job is to prevent our emergency calls, and I have always tried to find the most effective ways to do that, sometimes it meant thinking outside the box, way outside the box." Busch mentions supporting the development of community gardens as an example. She is quick to point out the correlation between the overall health of a community (via access to fresh, nutrient rich foods) as well as a community's level of interconnectedness with each other, as ingredients to greater disaster resiliency. "People working side by side in a garden, accomplishing shared tasks, is a recipe for building positive relationships." She goes on to mention that increasing the number of food pantries in the community provides protection against the shock a disaster can cause to a community.

According to Busch, most of her work with the community however, easily fell into the 'traditional' category, "teaching fire and life safety in classrooms, and for businesses and organizations, and attending public events and participating in community meetings."

Busch says that she always had "great support for my prevention efforts and consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work for Chief McQueen, who is a true advocate for our community and often told me that the 'health and welfare of our community is our business.' Of course I also worked with some of the most dedicated and top-notch firefighters and support staff that a person could ever hope for, in a community that really believes in the importance of prevention. It was a really difficult decision to leave." It's easy to see when talking to Busch that she is passionate about her public service.

Busch's departure from the fire service will be marked with a going away party, held from 4 pm - 7 pm "so that the community can attend,'' she says, versus the traditional coffee and cake in the middle of the day. "I want to say a proper goodbye to all the wonderful people I have worked for and with for the past 14 years, I'm hoping they can swing by on their way home from work to give me a hug."

Fire Prevention Officer, Alice Busch's send off will be held at the Sandy Fire District's Annex (17459 Bruns Ave, Sandy, OR 97055) Friday, December 21st from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Although light snacks and refreshments will be provided, attendees are welcome to bring snacks to share as well.

The public is encouraged to contact: admin@sandyfire.org with any questions.

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Father & Daughter Facing DUII Charges Together

News Release from: Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
FATHER & DAUGHTER FACING DUII CHARGES TOGETHER
Posted: November 30th, 2012 12:34 PM
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A father and his adult daughter were booked into the Marion County Jail this morning; both now facing charges of driving while under the influence.

Stacy L Weigart, 36, appeared in Judge Orf's courtroom this morning to face charges stemming from a prior driving under the influence arrest. In that investigation, her blood alcohol content was measured at .31%.

The Court observed that Weigart was obviously intoxicated in the courtroom today and ordered her release agreement revoked and that she submit to a breath test to determine her state of sobriety.

Deputy Dean Susee took into custody. Deputy Justin Kinyon walked Weigart from the court annex to the adjacent jail facility. During the walk, Weigart mentioned that her father had driven her to court today and that he also had a warrant outstanding for his arrest.

Deputy Kinyon had noticed that an older man was clearly watching their movements from a newer model green Chevrolet parking in the court parking lot. After securing Weigart in the jail facility, Kinyon contacted the man.

He was identified as Stacy Weigert's father, Daniel Weigart, 63, of Salem. A warrant checked revealed an outstanding criminal warrant for his arrest stemming from a 2007 Salem Police department arrest for driving under the influence.

He was arrested on the warrant and also booked into the Marion County Jail. Daniel Weigart admitted he had been drinking this morning, but the deputy did not feel he was currently under the influence so no new charge will be filed.

Stacy Weigart submitted to a breath test per the court's order. Weigart's blood alcohol content today was measured at .43%. She is due back in court later this afternoon.

Mr. Weigart's car was impounded.

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Portland Police Seek Public's Help in Identifying who Damaged Statues at The Grotto

News Release from: Portland Police Bureau
PORTLAND POLICE SEEK PUBLIC'S HELP IN IDENTIFYING WHO DAMAGED STATUES AT THE GROTTO
Posted: November 30th, 2012 12:05 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in identifying who stole the heads and damaged three statues at The Grotto in Northeast Portland.

In the evenings of November 28 and 29, 2012, someone has gone onto The Grotto grounds and damaged three statues and removed the heads. The Grotto is located at 8719 Northeast Beech Street.

One statue is of Joseph holding the Baby Jesus. Both Joseph's and the Baby Jesus' heads have been removed. The third statue is located in the burial grounds and is also of Joseph. The statue has been knocked from it's base and the head removed. Additionally, two small angels have sustained damage.

The statues are more than 100 years old and are made from Cararra Italian marble.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com , text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Recent Arrest by Washougal Police Officers

News Release from: Washougal Police Dept.
RECENT ARREST BY WASHOUGAL POLICE OFFICERS
Posted: November 30th, 2012 11:50 AM

At approximately 11:04 PM on 11/24/12 a Washougal Police Corporal was following a vehicle that approached a stop sign at 49th and P Street. The vehicle slowed then rolled through the stop sign with his rear tires on the stop line and approximately 3/4 of his vehicle in the oncoming lane of travel.

The vehicle continued across 49th Street onto Rolling Meadows Drive, it accelerated quickly but 'topped out' at approximately the 25 mph speed limit. The Corporal suspected the driver was trying to get away from him without seeming to flee.

The Corporal caught up to the vehicle in the 4300 block of M Drive and activated his overhead lights. The driver pulled to the side of the road and stopped then lurched as if the driver had fumbled with the brakes.

When the Corporal approached the car the driver held a police badge up to the window and then cracked the window slightly and slid his driver license out then quickly rolled the window back up. Also in the vehicle were an adult female and two small children. The driver was identified as Mr. Jeremy Free, age 40.

The Corporal knocked on the window and asked Free to roll it down; Free cracked the window approximately 1/2 inch. Free was asked to roll his window all the way down. He refused and stated that his wife was recording the incident, the female in the passenger seat was observed holding up a cell phone as if she was recording the Corporal with the cell phone's video camera.

The Corporal informed Free that he smelled a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the car and asked him to step out of his vehicle. Free told the Corporal he couldn't smell alcohol because his window was only cracked then started arguing with the Corporal regarding the reason of the stop. Free denied stopping over the line and refused to get out of the car and then rolled up the window.

The Corporal advised dispatch what was happening and requested assistance.

After backup officers arrived the Corporal attempted to reason with Free. Free cracked open the window but remained adamant that he had not failed to stop for the stop sign and repeated that the Corporal was not able to smell alcohol coming from the car.

Free continued to argue with the Corporal and refused to follow any commands by the officers.

Because of the small children in the vehicle the officers did not want to forcibly enter the vehicle unless it was absolutely necessary. The officers were also concerned that the driver would attempt to flee if things escalated so spike strips were placed in front and behind of the vehicle.

Free was informed that his refusal to get out of his car was hindering his investigation and that he could be charged with Obstructing. Free still refused to get out of the vehicle and also refused to do field sobriety tests or provide a breath sample with a PBT (Portable Breath Tester).

The Corporal continued to try to reason with Free but he refused to cooperate in any way and rolled up his window.

After considering all of the facts and possibilities the Officers opted to issue Free a criminal citation instead of forcing the issue by attempting to take him into custody. This decision was made out of concerns of potential injury / trauma to the children and because the driver may be likely armed as he was a law enforcement officer. Although Free didn't make any threats his behavior was unlike any other contact the Corporal has had with a law enforcement officer.

The Corporal contacted the adult female through her slightly opened window to see if she had been drinking alcohol and if not if she would be willing to drive. The female said she hadn't been drinking but initially refused to take a PBT to verify that.

The female exited the vehicle after the officer walked away and approached an officer and said she had changed her mind and that she would take a PBT. The female provided a PBT sample and confirmed she had not been drinking alcohol.

During this time Free slid from the driver seat to the passenger seat. The Corporal attempted to issue the criminal citation to Free through the passenger window however the driver refused to even crack his window, instead he pointed to the female and told the Corporal to 'go around'. The Corporal gave the citations to the female and ended contact with them.

Jeremy Free was issued a criminal citation for Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer.
Another criminal citation was sent to the Camas/Washougal Municipal Court charging Mr. Free with Negligent Driving First Degree. Both charges are misdemeanors.

After the incident the Corporal conferred with legal and determined the cellphones may be of evidentiary value and a search warrant was obtained for them.

At 9:26 PM on 11/27/12 Officers went to Free's residence located in the City of Washougal to execute the search warrant. The front door had six square windows in the top of it. Through the windows they could see a white light on in an upstairs bedroom.

After ringing the doorbell the officers observed Free stand up in the master bedroom and then walk out of sight for a few seconds. Free turned on the lights above the upstairs landing outside the bedroom door and stepped onto the landing. The staircase and upstairs landing was located just inside the front door and clearly visible to the officers.

Free was holding a black semi-automatic pistol in his right hand. An officer yelled through the door that they were the police and asked Free to come down and talk to them. Free looked at the officers for a couple of seconds without responding. The officers repeated that they were police officers and needed to talk to him. Free still did not respond and returned to his bedroom.

The officers banged loudly on the door and yelled that they were Police Officers and that they had a search warrant. The officers demanded entry to the residence and directed Free to come to the door. Free reappeared on the landing with the gun in his hand and a cell phone in his other hand.

The officers continued to yell that they were the police and that they have a search warrant. Free was also instructed several times to put the gun down and come to the door. Free would not comply; he walked into his room a few more times and came back out within seconds still holding the firearm. Two small girls who appeared to be 7-10 years old came out of a southern bedroom and stood on the landing next to Free.

The officers realized the situation had degenerated with Free and backed away from the house to covered positions.

During this time the officers learned that Free was on the phone with 911 dispatch and that they had confirmed the search warrant with Free. Free was instructed by the dispatcher to come outside without his gun. He did not and ceased communications with the dispatch center.

A stand off ensued with Free for approximately 50 minutes. During this time the officers were able to make telephone contact with Free who informed the officers that he had called somebody to come and remove the children from the home. Free informed the officers that he wouldn't comply until the children were out of the house.

A short while later a person contacted one of the containment officer's and told him she was there to retrieve the children. An officer called Free and informed him that she was ready for the children to come outside; Free said he would be coming outside however he never did.

After several minutes the officers began to loud hail Free again to exit the house. Free eventually exited the house several minutes after that and was ultimately taken into custody without further incident.

Free was charged with a second offense of Obstruction a Law Enforcement Officer. Free was booked and later released from the Washougal Police Department.

This investigation is on going and additional charges may be pending.

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Portland Parks & Recreation Offers Free Swim Lessons, plus Extended Open Play Swim Sessions during Winter Break

News Release from: Portland Parks & Recreation
PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION OFFERS FREE SWIM LESSONS, PLUS EXTENDED OPEN PLAY SWIM SESSIONS DURING WINTER BREAK
Posted: November 30th, 2012 11:07 AM
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Classes Also Available for Training for Summer Work


(Portland, OR) -
Learn the lifetime skill of swimming for free during the upcoming winter break from school!
Portland Parks & Recreation is offering free swim lessons for beginners, including parent/tot classes.
Our talented instructors will teach and improve your child's swimming and water safety skills. Registration is required and is now underway.
Classes run December 17, 18, 19, and 20.
Classes are offered at 9:00am, 9:35am, 10:10am and 10:45am.

For registration, more information, and a complete schedule, call Portland Parks & Recreation's East Portland Community Center & Pool at the number below.

East Portland Community Center (503) 823-3450
740 SE 106th Ave.




Portland Pools are READY for Winter Break!


Enjoy winter break at five Portland Parks & Recreation indoor pools! All pools will be offering extended Open Play Swims in addition to our regular schedule of Lap Swims, Water Exercise, Parent/Preschool and Family Swims.

Extended Open Play swims for December 17-28 (M-F only)
Buckman Pool: 1:00-5:00pm Closed on 12/24-12/25 Closed on 12/31-1/1

Dishman Pool: 1:30-3:00pm Closed on 12/25 and 1/1

East Portland Pool: 11:30am-1:00pm Family Swim Closed on 12/24-12/25
1:00-4:00pm Open Swim
7:00-9:00pm Open Swim (M/W/F only)

Mt. Scott Pool: 1:00-8:30pm (leisure pool only) Closed on 12/24 at 3:00pm
Closed on 12/25 and 1/1
Closed on 12/31 at 3:00pm

Southwest Pool: 11:30am-1:00pm Family Swim Closed on 12/24 and 12/25
1:00-9:00pm Open Swim Closed on 12/31 at 5:30pm
Closed on 1/1 at 5:30pm

For more information on how to participate in other Winter Break pool activities or
to register for Winter Swim Lessons contact the pool in your area or call the Portland Parks Aquatics at (503) 823-5130. You may also register and view classes online at www.portlandparks.org starting November 12th.

Buckman Pool (503) 823-3668
320 SE 16th

Dishman Pool (503) 823-3673
77 NE Knott


East Portland (503) 823-3450
740 SE 106th

Mt. Scott Pool (503) 823-3183
5530 SE 72nd

Southwest Pool (503) 823-2840
6820 SW 45th Ave


WORK THE WATER!
Join the Portland Parks Aquatic Team for Summer 2013

More than 700 positions, including openings for lifeguards, swim instructors and water fitness instructors are available this summer at Portland Parks & Recreation swim facilities located throughout the city.

Portland Parks & Recreation Aquatics offers competitive wages, a positive working environment, flexible hours, opportunity for advancement and an employee recognition program. With six indoor and seven outdoor pools throughout the city, our staff has the opportunity to provide a service to their community while earning wages ranging from $9.25-13.00 per hour.

Training courses for those interested in becoming a lifeguard and swim instructor are available through Portland Parks & Recreation. Lifeguard and swim instructor training courses are offered during Winter Break - December 17-20.

For more information regarding training courses and employment opportunities or to request an employment application call Portland Parks Aquatics at 503-823-5130.


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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #12-48 School Computer Thief

News Release from: Portland Police Bureau
CRIME STOPPERS FEATURED CASE #12-48 SCHOOL COMPUTER THIEF
Posted: November 30th, 2012 11:05 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in identifying a man who has been stealing computers from Portland area schools.

Over the last month, a man has gone into schools in the Portland Metro area and has posed as a parent or prospective parent. He then enters classrooms and steals laptops, tablets and other electronic devices.

Investigators suspect that the man has stolen from Winterhaven School, Llewellyn School, Sunnyside School, and St. Claire's in Portland, and St. John's School in Milwaukie.

The suspect is a white male in his mid-20s to early 30s, approximately 5'10", and 160 pounds.

Surveillance photos from St. Claire's School, located at 1807 Southwest Freeman Street, are being released to the public to assist in identifying the suspect.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com , text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Amtrak Train hits Car South of Turner - No Injuries

News Release from: Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
AMTRAK TRAIN HITS CAR SOUTH OF TURNER - NO INJURIES
Posted: November 30th, 2012 10:57 AM
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A Sublimity man escaped injury early this morning when an Amtrak passenger train struck his car while it was stalled on the tracks south of Turner.

At 7:03am, deputies received a 911 call from the driver of the 1994 Honda Accord telling them he was driving north on Duckflat Road SE and was trying to cross over the railroad tracks at the crossing near Pearson Road SE. His car became stuck in gravel next to the tracks with the rear of the car extending over the tracks. He ran to a nearby neighbor to get assistance because he heard the whistle of an approaching Amtrak passenger train.

Before he could get back to his car, the train had clipped the right rear quarter of the car, pushing it off the tracks. The car was unoccupied at the time of the incident; it suffered moderate damage.

The owner of the car was identified as 37-year old Ryan Wilson. He was not injured. Crossing signs are posted, but the crossing does not have swing arms or lights to warn drivers.

The Amtrak train stopped and exchanged insurance information, and then continued on its route. No one on the train was injured and any damage to the train was minimal. Railroad inspectors from Amtrak were also called to the scene. The identity of the train conductor is not available at this time.

No citations are expected as a result of this incident.

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CCSO: Driver dies in single car crash on SE Lawrence Road near Estacada

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
CCSO: DRIVER DIES IN SINGLE CAR CRASH ON SE LAWRENCE ROAD NEAR ESTACADA
Posted: November 30th, 2012 10:45 AM

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-35515

On 11/29/12, at about 8:15 p.m. Clackamas 911 received a report of a serious injury single car crash on SE Lawrence Road near SE Coupland Road, near Estacada.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived and found a single car crash, with the male driver dead and partially ejected.

The car was a green 2000 Ford Ranger pickup.

The Estacada Fire Department provided assistance at the scene.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The Clackamas County Medical Examiner responded and took possession of the body. They will determine a cause of death.

The driver was an adult male. The name will be released after his family has been notified.

The cause of the crash is unknown. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

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City of Lake Oswego Receives Emergency Mobile Water Purification System through Homeland Security Grant

News Release from: City of Lake Oswego
CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO RECEIVES EMERGENCY MOBILE WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM THROUGH HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT
Posted: November 30th, 2012 10:05 AM
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LAKE OSWEGO - Face it, we often take our household tap water for granted. But if clean, safe water wasn't available, it wouldn't be just an inconvenience; it could become a health emergency. It was the concern of an earthquake, flood, wildfire or other water-contaminating event that that led the City of Lake Oswego to apply for a $115,000 Homeland Security Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant for a mobile Emergency Water Purification System. The City was awarded the grant and recently acquired the System.

The mobile Emergency Water Purification System can purify up to 30,000 gallons of water per day from any water source in the area - the Willamette River, Clackamas River or Oswego Lake - if the existing water system infrastructure were compromised or the water contaminated. The treatment technology, known as an ultra filtration membrane, can purify any fresh water source.

While the trailer-mounted mobile Emergency Water Purification System will reside in Lake Oswego at the Public Works Operations Division yard, it is considered a regional resource. "We applied for and received the grant, but this is an asset that is available to any organization in the five county USAI region which includes Clackamas, Washington, Multnomah, Columbia, and Clark county in Washington," said Kari Duncan, Water Treatment Plant Manager for the City of Lake Oswego.

"Clackamas River Water Providers and the Regional Water Providers Consortium members are all committed to making sure that we can provide clean drinking water during emergencies and we take this critical role seriously," said Kim Swan, Clackamas River Water Providers Water Resource Manager. "We are becoming recognized in this region for our emergency planning."

Lake Oswego Public Works staff and representatives of the Emergency Planning Committee from the Regional Water Providers Consortium will be trained in the operation of the new system by the supplier on Monday, December 3. Over 30 people are expected to attend the training. The training will be in two parts with a classroom session and a hands-on portion where clean water will be made.

If there are further questions or if media would like to attend the training, please contact Kari Duncan, Water Treatment Plant Manager, at 503-635-0393 or kduncan@ci.oswego.or.us.

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Dedication Ceremony of K9 Memorial Plaque (CORRECTION: CREDIT UNION NAME)

News Release from: Vancouver Police Dept.
DEDICATION CEREMONY OF K9 MEMORIAL PLAQUE (CORRECTION: CREDIT UNION NAME)
Posted: November 30th, 2012 9:49 AM

The Vancouver Police Department will be hosting a dedication ceremony honoring fallen K9's of Clark County with the presentation of a stone and bronze plaque that will be permanently placed at the Vancouver Police East Precinct at the K9 Dakota sculpture inside the East Precinct lobby.

Date: December 5, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Police Department East Precinct (520 SE 155th Ave)

This project was spearheaded by Jean Morris from IQ Credit Union who coordinated the fundraising to purchase the plaque which was created by Vancouver Granite.

Members of the Clark County Regional K9 Unit will be present and members of the public and media are invited to attend.

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Portland Police Arrest Man After Traffic Pursuit in Southeast Portland

News Release from: Portland Police Bureau
PORTLAND POLICE ARREST MAN AFTER TRAFFIC PURSUIT IN SOUTHEAST PORTLAND
Posted: November 30th, 2012 8:53 AM
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On Friday November 30, 2012, at 1:22 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct saw a 2000 Cadillac DeVille driving at a high rate of speed westbound on Southeast Bush Street from 115th Avenue.

Officers followed the vehicle as it turned southbound on 103rd Avenue, then westbound on Southeast Holgate Boulevard. An officer attempted to stop the vehicle after the officer saw the driver of the Cadillac fail to stop at a stop sign.

The driver sped away from the officer and police pursued the vehicle westbound on Holgate. At Southeast 82nd Avenue, another officer deployed Spike Strips on the suspect vehicle, which assist in deflating the tires.

At approximately 76th Avenue and Southeast Holgate Boulevard, the driver crashed into a yard. The suspect, 35-year-old Richard Millican, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment to injuries he suffered in the crash. Officers recovered methamphetamine in the vehicle.

Millican was issued a citation for Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle, Driving While Suspended, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and Distribution and Possession of Methamphetamine.

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National experts to review Vancouver Police Department and assess police chief applicants

News Release from: City of Vancouver
NATIONAL EXPERTS TO REVIEW VANCOUVER POLICE DEPARTMENT AND ASSESS POLICE CHIEF APPLICANTS
Posted: November 30th, 2012 8:07 AM

The City of Vancouver has retained the Washington, DC-based International City/County Management Association (ICMA) to conduct an assessment of its police department and determine the experience, education and training requirements for a new police chief.
City Manager Eric Holmes finalized a scope of work and contracted with ICMA Center for Public Safety Management to begin the department analysis this month and begin chief recruitment in the first quarter of 2013.

The project scope includes a comprehensive analysis of the Vancouver Police Department operations and deployment, and comparison of the City's data and performance against national standards and best practices.

ICMA will assist in the selection of a new police chief by conducting stakeholder interviews and surveying the department's officers to identify selection criteria for the chief's position, and will incorporate results of a national analysis to help the city solicit applications and screen applicants. ICMA will create and conduct assessment center exercises designed to assess chief applicants' aptitude against the city's specific needs.

ICMA has provided direct services to local governments nationwide for almost 100 years. The ICMA Center for Public Safety Management provides technical support to local governments in the areas of police, fire, EMS, Emergency Management and Homeland Security and represents local governments at the federal level with the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security.

ICMA has conducted approximately 150 such studies in 30 states and 91 communities with populations ranging from 8,000 to 800,000.

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